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Your Right to Choose Provide Wellbeing for your child's Autism Assessment in England

We are delighted to announce that at Provide Wellbeing we are now able to offer Autism Assessments to children via Right to Choose and that the current average wait time for assessment is within 5 to 6 months of us receiving a referral from your GP.  

As we know, demand for this service will likely be high, so we will regularly update the average wait times on this page so you know how quickly you can access the service. Please review our self-pay offer should you wish to access an autism assessment more quickly.

Across the UK, NHS waiting times have continued to increase for patients seeking assessments and treatment. We are pleased to offer autism assessments via Right to Choose, making it easier for individuals and/or families who would like more timely assessments of autism.

What is Right to Choose?

Under Right to Choose (RTC), you can choose which organisation (qualified provider) provides the autism assessment. As Provide Wellbeing holds NHS contracts to offer autism assessments with a number of Integrated Care Boards (ICB's) in England, we meet the criteria for being a Qualified Provider under the NHS Right to Choose. 

Providing your GP believes a referral is appropriate and will make a referral to us, we can provide the autism assessment at no cost to you, as the NHS will pay for it. Find out more about RTC via the NHS website.

'We are delighted to offer Right to Choose Autism Assessments. Recently, we have seen poeple travelling from as far away as Cornwall for face-to-face assessments.  Feedback shows they thoroughly enjoyed the stress-free experience at Provide Wellbeing, which we are delighted to hear because this is one of the things that we pride ourselves on delivering.'

Paul Cooke, Managing Director

Who is eligible for Right to Choose?

At Provide Wellbeing, we offer RTC Autism assessments for any patients.

Regardless of where you live, anyone whose child already receives mental health care for this condition will not be eligible for our RTC assessment services.

If you would like to find out whether you or your child will be eligible for an autism assessment under Right to Choose, please get in touch with a member of the team.

How can I exercise my Right to Choose?

In order to access our RTC service, you will need to complete the following steps. Our Patient Care Advisors are here to guide you through the process and are the first point of contact when you make your initial enquiry.

Step 1: Registration and issuing of screening questionnaires

Call one of our Patient Care Advisors to discuss your child's eligibility for a referral to the service. If eligible, we will register you and send you some questionnaires that need to be completed by you, your child's school if applicable and your child, depending on their age. The questionnaires are designed to obtain more information about the person's social communication and ask questions about friendships, emotions, daily routines and special interests.   

Please note, while we encourage you to provide supporting reports or triage documents received from previous organisations, we do require completion of our own questionnaires in order to ensure we have the most recent and relevant information. This will ensure we can provide the most appropriate care for you/ your child. Once completed, you will need to email the completed questionnaires to provide.wellbeing@nhs.net.

Step 2: Triage

Once received, our experienced clinicians will review the completed questionnaires to determine if you are eligible for a referral for an autism assessment. Our Patient Care Advisors will then communicate the outcome of the triage with you. If your child is suitable for a referral for an autism assessment, that will need to be made by your GP.

Step 3: GP referral

Once you have been deemed eligible for a referral for an autism assessment, you should make an appointment with/speak to your GP to ask them to make a referral for an autism assessment under Right to Choose. We have a standard letter you can take to your GP explaining how you are seeking a referral under Right to Choose.

Your GP must make a referral using the standard referral template letter, which our Patient Care Advisors will provide you. You can email this to your GP Practice or provide them with a paper copy.

Step 4: You are added to our waiting list

Once we have received the referral from your GP, one of our Patient Care Advisors will notify you via email that you are on the waiting list and advise on the typical wait time.

Step 5: Booking an appointment 

When your child is at the top of the waiting list, one of our Patient Care Advisors will contact you to arrange the date and time of their assessment.

Step 6: Autism assessment

Our Patient Care Advisors support you before the assessment to ensure it's as stress-free as possible for you. We will advise you on the outcome of the assessment that same day. 

Step 7: Issuing of the report

We will issue a report on the outcome of the assessment within six weeks of the assessment date.

Why Choose Provide Wellbeing?

  • First and foremost, we really care about your child receiving the best possible care and being able to provide them with an assessment so you can start receiving and accessing the support you and they need
  • We pride ourselves on delivering the highest standards of both customer service and clinical care
  • We are registered with the Care Quality Commission and have been rated as Outstanding (read our latest report).
  • We are an established provider of NHS Autism Assessments
  • Our wait times are typically much shorter than standard NHS wait times

'We were treated with respect and care throughout and they really looked after my daughter, putting her at ease as much as they could. They addressed all of our questions and concerns and explained everything before, during and after. I would highly recommend this team.'

Autism Patient, Chelmsford

We are very keen to ensure we manage your expectations. As such, we will publish wait times for RTC services on our website regularly. Please contact our team for more information about the service offering and the pathways available.

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Hannah Westwood-Loftus
Hannah Westwood-Loftus  Lead Occupational Therapist
Hannah has been working as Occupational Therapist since 2006, supporting children and adults within health and social care. She has a specialist interest in neurodevelopmental disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She helps to spearhead service development at Provide Wellbeing.
Amy Bignell, Lead Speech and Language Therapist
Amy Bignell  Lead Speech and Language Therapist
Amy has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist since graduating in 2007. She has specialised in the diagnosis of ASD and has worked as part of a diagnostic team since 2010. She is particularly passionate about working with girls and women as recognises that the diagnosis journey is often a lot more challenging for them. Amy helps to spearhead service development at Provide Wellbeing.
Dr Amin Band, Lead Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician
Dr Amin Band  Lead Neurodevelopmental Consultant
Dr Band is a Lead Neurodevelopmental Consultant, devising integrated pathways for Autism and ADHD in Mid Essex.
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